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‘We want to go home’ ~ Stan Swamy

‘We want to go home’
is the cry of most Migrant Labourers wherever they are.
But what is awaiting them in their homes? What would they need to do to live in their homes with self-respect and dignity?
Stan Swamy

As per Jharkhand govt announcement, at least about five lakh Jharkhandi migrant workers will be returning home from different parts of the country once the lockdown is lifted. An assurance is given that all of them will be received warmly, reached to their homes safely and work from public sector undertakings will be provided. So far so good.

An Appeal to the Conscience of the Nation - on Bhima-Koregaon case – Stan Swamy

[Foreword: India has vowed to be a socialist, secular, democratic republic. Sadly, all these values are steadily being eroded in the present political developments. About 20 intellectuals, professionals, activists who are working for the fundamental rights of the poor and marginalized and upholding the above mentioned constitutional values are being labeled ‘urban naxals’ and are being harassed no end either as ‘accused’ or as ‘suspects’. Their premises have been raided, their electronic devices seized, serious cases filed. Some are already in prison, others face arrest anytime.

winsight 18 When Shepherds are Silent, the Sheep must Speak

When Shepherds are Silent, the Sheep must Speak
Reflections on 2018, the year gone by

The Year of Our Lord 2018 was an annus horribilis for the Roman Catholic Church in India, specifically the Roman Catholic Clergy in Kerala, Kerala Catholic Bishops Conference (KCBC), Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), Roman Catholic Bishop Franco Mulakkal, Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, and Cardinal Oswald Gracias. It is not that some of the men in frocks were caught with their pants down – which can be dismissed or at least explained away as individual aberration. No, it is the silence of the brotherhood of the pink frock that makes it a coverup. And coverups, as even children know, are evidence of institutional complicity, connivence and condonation rather than individual weakness. They go right to the top, tarring all in the know and all in positions of responsibility.

Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas SFX, Secretary General, Catholic Bishops' Conference of India has the tagline from Winston Churchill in his letters: ‘Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing, but of reflection’. Where does one start… with the multiple sexual abuse and rape of a housewife by a group of priests violating the confidentiality of the confessional and defiling the sacraments of confession and marriage, or the repeated sexual abuse of a Roman Catholic Nun by a Roman Catholic Bishop… or the shower of petals that greeted him on his release, or the ‘brotherhood’ that ensured prison visitations by fellow bishops but none for the nun, or the sudden death of a prominent supporter-witness?

Why is Stan targetted?

*“Case against me is nothing but an absolute fabrication”*
*Stan Swamy*

Maharashtra police held a press conference in Mumbai on August 31, 2018. Additional Director-General (law and order) of Maharashtra police Mr. Parambir Singh told the media that in relation to the incident of Bhima-Koregaon, initially a FIR was lodged on January 8, 2018. According to him the name of Stan Swamy was added in the aforesaid FIR on August 23 along with the names of Arun Fereira, Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalvez, Sudha Bhardwaj, Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde.

The March 2018 Supreme Court Judgement on the SCs and STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act

Misjudged and misled: What the Justices missed in their understanding of SC/ST Act
We break down the existing law in a bid to understand what it really says and whether the apex court had to revisit it and issue guidelines.
By Anita Cheria and Edwin

Karnataka State Transgender Policy: A critique

Over the last 10 years the transgender community in Karnataka has been at the receiving end of different shades of attention and activity in the form of schemes and services from the state government. In the wake of the recently passed Karnataka state transgender (TG) policy, expectations are high and only matched by the urgency of community needs.

United Nations Democracy Fund (18 December 2016)

The United Nations Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for project funding. Project proposals may be submitted on-line between 18 November 2016 and 18 December 2016 at You can find guidelines, FAQs and lessons learned for applicants at

7 Important Resources for Internet Safety

It’s no secret that our society relies on the Internet now more than ever before. And while it has many wonderful benefits, it also poses some dangers. For example, nearly half of all US adults had their personal information hacked in 2014, with data like credit card numbers, home addresses, and even photos ending up in the hands of criminals.

Tools to monitor the Implementation of the SCs&STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989

The implementation of the SCs and STs (PoA) Act 1989 and Rules 1995 can be tracked systematically by the precise provisions of the Act and Rules.

Given below are the entire set of documents that go from the Act to the Rules and then the tools to monitor this Act. They will tell you all you need to know in a practical, step by step guide.

Use the set along with the Right to Information Act 2005 (RTI).

Download the whole set and use!

Vocabulary of Commons

The ‘Vocabulary of commons’ is a socio-linguistic enquiry into the legal and livelihood consequences of the term ‘commons’ – a search for a vocabulary that reflects a commons approach to a life with dignity in harmony with Gaia and communitarian aspirations. It is to strengthen community articulation and make their voices heard in the ongoing efforts of dialogue between communities, academics, practitioners and decision makers. The book is co-authored by over 30 practitioners, intellectuals and researchers.

UID. UIDAI, AADHAAR: The promise, the premise and performance—a reality check

**If you are looking for a compilation of different articles on UIDAI go to (AND)**
Periodic updates at

for a humourous take (AND)

** A good short guide
**their response **

Aadhaar, meaning ‘foundation’ or ‘base’ (ironically al-Qa'ida!) is India’s attempt to provide an Unique Identity (UID) number to every person residing in india (and presumably every Indian citizen whether living in India or not).

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on Republic Day (26th January)

On 26th January 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradictions. In politics, we will have equality and in social and economic structure, continue to deny the principle of one man one value.

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